Through the 2019 Bright Future Grants program, 26 schools and kindergartens close to the Mobil Altona Refinery and Yarraville Terminal received a grant of up to $4000 each for a variety of maths and science resources and projects.
In total, Mobil distributed more than $80,000 to projects in the area.
“We are definitely seeing a trend to more high-tech equipment among the innovative projects supported this year,” said Altona Refinery Community Relations Adviser Nikki Calcraft.
“Apart from a variety of robotic projects we have also supported the purchase of drones as well as tablets and iPads.”
Altona Refinery Manager Riccardo Cavallo said he was very encouraged to see the advancing technology in the Bright Future grants.
“This is a reflection of our increasing use of innovative technology to improve the way we operate our facilities,” he said.
“As we continue to tackle the daunting challenges of meeting growing energy needs while reducing emissions, we are going to be relying heavily on innovative technological advances from future generations.
“This is why programs, like our Bright Futures grants, that inspire children to pursue careers in science, engineering and mathematics are so important.”
It’s now ten years since the Bright Futures Program began and over that time ExxonMobil has distributed over $1.4 million to schools and kindergartens in Australia.